In its own right, Xcalak Reef National Marine Park is an epic dive destination for its pristine reef ecosystem. You will find easy reef dives, intermediate drift dives and shallow wrecks for snorkelers.
The healthy reefs play host to a variety of tropical species. Vigilant divers may spot lobsters, groupers, stingrays, sergeant majors as well as hundreds of other species. French Angelfish and Queen Angelfish are among the many fish you’ll spot.
Nurse sharks relax among the tunnels and caverns and barracuda stalk their prey in and out of the colorful corals. Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill turtles are frequently seen in the area. And grouper live among the reefs and wrecks.
There is no bad time to dive from Xcalak. In fact, the water temperatures remain constant year-round and cool only slightly during the winter months.
On average, water temperatures vary between 78 and 82ºF (25 and 28ºC). May to November features the best underwater conditions including stunning visibility.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Although there is a small airport in Xcalak, the closest international airport is in Cancun.
The major city is a 6-7 hour drive from Xcalak. From the airport, you can rent a car or arrange a private transfer.